Open Letter from MPP Peggy Sattler regarding the cancellation of the Ontario Self-Employed Benefit Program

July 27, 2015

Dear Minister Moridi,

I am writing to urge you to reconsider your ministry’s sudden and arbitrary cancellation of the Ontario Self-Employment Benefit program (OSEB), which is slated to take effect March 31, 2016. Since the cancellation of the program was announced in May, 2015, I have spoken to many people in my community and across the province who understand the value of OSEB in creating jobs and growing the local economy.

Statement by Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky

Windsor – Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky issued the following statement:

 “The Premier and her Minister of Education have shown little interest in reaching an agreement with teachers for almost a year. At today’s meeting with education sector representatives, Kathleen Wynne claimed that she wants to see all parties back at the negotiating table, but it’s clear that she still refuses to intervene and protect current class size caps in classrooms. The Premier has a responsibility to protect and enhance students’ learning experience across the province. Students and families are already feeling the impact of more than a decade of chronic underfunding of education by the Premier and her government. They deserve better. ”

Premier and Minister must take responsibility for abysmal state of residential care in Ontario

HAMILTON – NDP Children and Youth Services Critic Monique Taylor (MPP, Hamilton Mountain) released the following statement in response to inquest findings that animals had been removed from the residence in which Guy Mitchell and a eleven-year-old girl with autism were residing months prior to his death:

Statement from NDP LGBTQ critic on BC Liberals' opposition to trans rights protections

TORONTO — NDP LGBTQ critic Cheri DiNovo released the following statement on trans rights protections in British Columbia: 

"B.C. trans people deserve the same explicit protections as Ontario trans people. The B.C. NDP bill to add 'gender identity and expression' to the B.C. Human Rights Code deserves the support of the B.C. Liberal government. 

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the retirement of MPP Garfield Dunlop

“On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I want to thank Garfield Dunlop for his work on behalf of the people he has represented over more than 30 years in public life. While we may not always agree on the issues, we respect Mr. Dunlop’s decades of hard work on behalf of the people of Simcoe North and the province of Ontario. We wish him all the best in his retirement and hope he gets the time to spend with his family that he so richly deserves.

Statement regarding ongoing secrecy in residential care review by Ontario NDP Critic for Children and Youth Services Monique Taylor

“It has been over three weeks since Ontarians were led to believe that the Minister would announce a closed door panel to review Ontario’s broken residential care system, and two weeks since the first media report described a shocking number of serious incidents involving vulnerable children in care. Where is the urgency when it comes to the needs and well-being of children in care in residential settings?